Dundalk parkrun celebrates International parkrun day.

1st of October is International parkrun day celebrating 12 years since parkrun was founded. It started when Paul Sinton-Hewitt and 13 friends would meet every Saturday morning to time their runs in Bushy Park and then the concept came to light and on the 2nd of October 2004 parkrun began. Starting in the UK events began to pop up all over the country and then world wide. In Ireland alone there is 52 parkruns and 3 junior parkruns.

The concept of parkrun is you turn up every Saturday, run 5km, or if you’re a junior then 2km every Sunday for free. It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part. parkrun is for all ages groups and all abilities. Its for walkers joggers and runners with the aim to be active with like minded people in a friendly and social environment. 

Each parkrun is run by a core group and local volunteers on a weekly basis. Park runners are asked to volunteer at least 3 times a year and without the volunteers weekly the event cannot go ahead.  On Saturday the 1st of October Caithoirleach Paul Bell of Louth County Council will join Dundalk parkrun  starting of the run, with Cllr Peter Fitzpatrick running the 5km route. parkrun would like to invite everyone  to attend by running, walking volunteering or even just been fantastic cheerleaders for the park runners.

To register go to http://www.parkrun.ie/register/ and fill in your detail and simple print out your barcode and take it with you every Saturday to any parkrun worldwide. parkrun is located in DKIT sports pitches every Saturday morning starting at 9:30 sharp. For more information go to our website www.parkrun.ie/dundalk/ or on our facebook and twitter account